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Common workplace injuries suffered by concrete workers

Each worker on a construction site in California faces numerous general safety hazards along with those that are unique to his or her job. Concrete workers, for example, face the typical slip and fall dangers, and they are vulnerable to struck-by incidents. They are at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders through the repetitive shoveling and lifting involved in their jobs. Along with these workplace injuries, they face the risk of suffering concrete burns.

Concrete is caustic and abrasive, and employers must ensure that concrete workers wear safety glasses, gloves and work boots along with clothing that covers their arms and legs. Concrete can cause skin irritations and burns, and the best protection is to wash away any form of concrete on the skin. The risks of falls from slips and trips are typically present where concrete workers have to deal with uneven surfaces, formwork, rebar and randomly placed tools.

Working in the presence of concrete pump trucks expose workers to struck-by hazards from the truck's boom or chute, and wearing hard hats is crucial. These workers are at a higher risk of suffering back injuries or musculoskeletal disorders through overexertion because a significant part of their days is spent lifting and shoveling dirt or concrete. Twisting the body during these tasks can lead to severe back injuries.

Employers must protect the health and safety of employees, and a part of this responsibility is to provide adequate safety training to teach workers about potential hazards as well as safe lifting techniques. Some of these workplace injuries can cause long-term health problems, along with the associated medical expenses and lost wages. An experienced California workers' compensation attorney can help victims with the navigation of the benefits claims process to obtain financial assistance.

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